First
Generation

Increasing access to venture-scale entrepreneurship for First Generation & Immigrant (FGI) communities with an emphasis on economic impact.

We believe that founders from overlooked backgrounds can be as successful, if not more successful, than their traditional peers when provided with access to a network of resources and social capital.

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About Us

Beginning in July 2018, we created an ecosystem to help founders from backgrounds traditionally lacking social capital to overcome the systemic challenges that they face in entrepreneurship.
 
Our mission is to help First Generation & Immigrant ("FGI") founders raise their first $1m in funding and achieve $1m in revenue. We are doing this by focusing on the 4Cs.

 
 

Our 4Cs

CAPABILITIES

Content and education to improve execution and fundraising skills.

CONNECTIONS

Introductions to members inside and outside of our community.

CAPITAL

Assist with fundraising materials and facilitate introductions to investors.

CUSTOMERS

Increase exposure to potential early adopters and customers.

Our Founders

We had the privilege of getting to know and supporting incredible founders over the past few years. Some of our past and present founders include:

 

Our Facts

2018

YEAR

FOUNDED

25

COUNTRIES

REPRESENTED

45+

WORKSHOPS

HELD

45%

FEMALE LED

STARTUPS

40+

COMPANIES 

HELPED

3

FG COHORTS

24%

BLACK LED 

STARTUPS

0

FEES OR

EQUITY

 
 

FG Prime

FG Prime is one of our efforts to lower barriers to entrepreneurship for FGI founders. More details here.

 

Our program has been designed to focus on building core competencies for first time founders with a heavy emphasis on community support and accountability throughout the program. We understand how hard, lonely and painful it can be to be a founder, especially as an FGI founder. So we built Prime to provide an ecosystem of expert and peer support in the earliest stages of starting your company.

The program is free and is a springboard into our broader community. No fees. No equity. We are actively recruiting for our January Cohort, if you are interested please get in touch with us.

PARTSIMONY

Founded by
Rich & Roland Mokuolu

“FirstGeneration has been a tremendous resource to Roland and me in our entrepreneurial journey. We have been able to connect with numerous industry experts for strategic insights as we scale, as well as connecting with an amazing community of fellow founders. FirstGeneration played an instrumental part in Partsimony closing its seed round and we can't say enough about the value FirstGeneration brings to founders. We'd highly recommend FirstGeneration to any founder looking to scale their business.”

MAKELAB

Founded by
Christina Perla & Manny Mota

“FG has kickstarted our founder-to-founder community in a super genuine, quality, and helpful way. We were a part of FG Prime Cohort #2, and honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience. The curriculum was tailored to companies at our stage with our needs. All speakers were such value add, immensely helpful. We've met with many post-FG Prime and they've been incredibly helpful after too! And willing to be helpful in any way! I'm part of many founder communities, but FG cultivates an atmosphere unlike any other. FG has really elevated our efforts in fundraising, from warm intro's, peer-to-peer feedback, and materials reviews.”

Our Team

We are a small team of individuals passionate about economic inclusion and making the tech and startup community more diverse and inclusive.

 

Get in Touch

FOUNDERS

Are you a founder that would like to join our community? Let us know! We'd love to talk to you.

PARTNERS

Are you an ecosystem partner interested in supporting FGI founders? Let's talk. 

INVESTORS

Are you looking to fund and support our founders? Get on our list. 

EXPERTS

Are you a subject matter expert looking to give back to the next gen? Let us know how you can help.